2014 Local Events, Sponsorships & Recognition

2014 South Seas Holiday Stroll – December 19, 20, 26 & 27, 2014

South_Seas_Island_StrollJoin us December 19, 20, 26 & 27 between 5:30-9:30pm.

As a part of Captiva Holiday Village 2014, South Seas has illuminated its picturesque Marina with thousands of twinkling lights and amazing decorations. South Seas invites the public to enjoy this magical “Holiday Stroll”. Proceeds from the event will benefit the CCMI Soup Kitchen, a local non-profit agency which cares for the hungry and homeless in our community.

The public can purchase $10 worth of nonperishable food items at participating area stores including Captiva Provision Company at Chadwick’s Square, The Island Store in Captiva and Bailey’s General Store in Sanibel Island. Kids 12 and under are free with a nonperishable food donation. Tickets can also be purchased for $10 at the door or at Sam Galloway Ford Lincoln. Resort guests are invited to attend complimentary. Admission includes a ride on the resort’s Jolley Trolley, which will run from 6 to 9 p.m. to transport visitors from South Seas’ South Village to North Pointe, where all the holiday stroll festivities will take place.

Live Entertainment from 6-9pm. Captiva Cruises will be providing holiday cruises to South Seas Island Resort for the Holiday Stroll. Call 239-472-5300 for reservation and pricing. For more information visit https://captivaholidayvillage.com/captiva-island/south-seas-holiday-stroll.

Luminary at Bailey’s Center – December 5, 2014

sanibel-luminaryPlease join us December 5th at Bailey’s Center for 2014 Luminary. The Merchants of Bailey’s Center will certainly be celebrating in style this year!

The Acapella Group (TAG) from Cypress Lakes School of the Arts will be performing as well as Peter & Beth Redpath and Friends will be performing in the corner along with entertainment at George and Wendy’s Seafood Grill. Many of our merchants will be on hand to offer their wares and good cheer for the evening.

A Cappella Group at Bailey’s Luminary Night

Treat on Luminary Night!

TAGThe A Cappella Group – better known as “TAG” — from the Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts will be performing at Bailey’s for Luminary Night on Friday, December 5.
These gifted teens – all members of the school’s esteemed Vocal Department — blend their 23 voices together to make amazing music with absolutely no instruments involved.
They perform frequently at area community events and this past year have sung at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Spirit of the Gulf, and Captiva Yacht Club, among other venues. They also compete in a cappella competitions throughout the Southeastern U.S. and plan to attend the National A Cappella Convention in Memphis next April.

This past May, their sixth studio album, Sunny Days, swept all three of the high school categories at the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARAs), the a cappella world’s equivalent to the Grammy Awards. They were also nominated for two awards against top collegiate and professional groups, including international a cappella sensation Pentatonix (winner of the third season of The Sing-Off television show).

Their seventh album, Stay Gold, was released in October to more rave reviews. The album is available for purchase through cypresslakevocal.com and on I-Tunes. CDs will also be on hand during their Luminary Night performance at Bailey’s for those looking for the perfect stocking stuffers!

Barefoot Refresh Wine Tasting Event – November 24, 2014

barefoot_refreshIt’s sure to make a splash…

Say ‘Hello’ to wine on the rocks.

Barefoot Refresh Tasting Event
November 24th 11:00am – 3:00 pm

Oyster Bay Wine Tasting Events – November 22 & 29, 2014

Oyster_Bay_Wine_TastingThey’re the most sought after in the world. come in and taste why.

Discover for yourself the incomparable cool-climate taste of the most sought after New Zealand wines in the world.

Discover Oyster Bay Tasting Event
November 22nd 4:00 – 7:00 pm
November 29th 12:00 – 3:00 pm

Bailey’s 2014 Christmas Ornament is Here!


Our sixth collectible commemorative ornament has been introduced for the season.
It depicts the Bailey’s Model T Ford delivery truck. The “Model T” as it is affectionately known is a black 1926 Ford delivery truck. It is a familiar sight to islanders and visitors at parades and other events, as well as at the Sanibel Historical Village and Museum where it is garaged.

This ornament is available for purchase on our website here. It can also be ordered by calling the store at 239-472-1516 or purchased in person at the Service Desk. Also available are limited supplies of the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 ornaments.

Ornaments are $15 plus tax and $5.00 shipping per location.

Southwest Florida Chamber Connections – November 2, 2014

The News-Press

Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce
The Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting to welcome its newest member, Sanibel Catering Company by Bailey’s at the Sanibel Community House.

Richard Johnson, Bailey’s general manager, and his catering team at Sanibel Catering Co. provided a range of appetizers and delights highlighting the service talents of the team. The company is part of the Sanibel Packing Co., that includes Bailey’s General Store and Bailey’s Hardware. The Sanibel Catering Co. provides catering services for parties and special events.

Sanibel Catering Company - ribbon cutting

2014 Baileyfest – HUGE Success!

Great Food… Great Entertainment… Great Times!
This year’s Baileyfest featured solo singers, bands and groups, dancers, a roaming magician, food, games and plenty of surprises.

Congratulations 2014 Baileyfest Winners

Sanibel Island Groceries - Baileyfest 2014

$100 Gift Card – Betty Verek
$100 Gift Card – Rick Schrack
$100 Gift Basket — Donna Oberhill
Mug & Gift Card — Andrew Ross
Mug & Gift Card — Parker Cornelius
Mug & Gift Card — Bill Spencer
Mug & Gift Card — Sarabeth Cook
$100 Gift Certificate — Christina Howell
$100 Case of Wine — Jack David
$100 Gift Basket — Jennifer Keivelaar
$27 Men’s Haircut & Beard Trim — Vernon Gerald
$27 Men’s Haircut & Beard Trim — S. Omar
$27 Men’s Haircut & Beard Trim — Mike Stegman
$25 Gift Certificate — Larissa Holmes
$25 Gift Certificate — Marcus Pate
$25 Gift Certificate — Susan Solomon
$25 Gift Certificate — Vince Crismassa
$25 P/L Gift Certificate — Steve Sickles
$25 P/L Gift Certificate — Jan Lipman
$25 P/L Gift Certificate — Bob Idem
$25 P/L Gift Certificate — Ann Bishoff
$100 Case of Wine — Judy Dorsman
$100 Gift Certificate — Tricia Sabol
$100 Bike Rentals — Doris Pellemeies
$125 Party — Jason Lamanna
(see clerk in TV Hardware to claim Prize)
$25 Gift Certificate — Patti Daly
$25 Gift Certificate — Kate Dietrich
$25 Gift Certificate — Wilson
$25 Gift Certificate — Mathis Family
$100 Gift Certificate — Nancy Cleaveland
(see clerk in TV Hardware to claim Prize)
$100 Gift Certificate — Maria Solberg
(see clerk in TV Hardware to claim Prize)
Johnson Bros/Gallo Wine Baskets
Thomas Yorey
Kathy Hershlaine
George Veillette
Huffy Bicycle
Melanie Beadenkopf
Keurig Machine
Kathy Cutler

We apologize for any misspellings


Bailey’s Employee Wins Outstanding Hospitality Award

Outstanding Hospitality Service AwardsBailey’s General Store employee Peter Towle was honored at the 2014 Elaine McLaughlin Outstanding Hospitality Service Awards for excellence in customer service. Peter won in the Other Services/Businesses category. This award is given to people who best exemplify the standard of excellence in Fort Myers Beach & Sanibel customer service based on these criteria:

  • Service satisfaction – going the “extra mile”.
  • Leadership work ethic – willingness to help; attitude; problem-solving.
  • Job knowledge – how their performance skills and creativity affected their service.
  • Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel awareness – familiarity with and promotion of Lee County.
  • Compassion – helping during a crisis or emergency without expecting or needing thanks just because you care.

Congratulations to Peter in his commitment to Bailey’s customer service experience of Friendly, Helpful People Serving You!

Coming Soon: Bailey’s Market Place @ Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

  • Opening at the end of 2014!
  • 1,000 sq. ft. of retail space!
  • Located where the old pro shop used to be.
  • Serving sandwiches and salads along side other deli items.
  • Offering resort guests a nice selection of quality, custom steaks, beer, wine, bakery items, gourmet coffee, essentials and more.
  • Will be open to the public.

Don’t forget to sign up for Bailey’s News & Specials, and we will send you an update prior to the opening!

Billy’s Rentals at Bailey’s Center Grand Opening – August 31, 2014

Billy’s Rentals Opens New Location in Bailey’s Center
Sunday August 31, 2014, 1pm-4pm
Sanibel Island - Billy's at Bailey's

− Serving Burgers, Bratwurst, Point Ybel
Beer & More!

  • Kids games, family fun & live music by the Trouble Starters Band
  • Silent auction with net proceeds being donated to Trails in Motion of the Sanibel Bike Club and Camp Boggy Creek, a Kyle Petty organization.
  • Emceed by Doug Congress of Congress Jewelers
  • Sponsored by Sanibel Catering Company, Point Ybel Brewery Company, Bailey’s General Store, and Billy’s Rentals

Independence Day 2014 July 4, 2014

Bailey's General Store | 2014 4th of July

Did You Catch The Annual Sanibel Independence Day Parade?

Parade Route Began in the Bailey’s Center Our Bailey’s Friends Visited Us Afterwards in Our Parking Lot for Complimentary Refreshing Watermelon.

Sanibel Island Fireworks Night 2014

Bailey’s General Store was a proud sponsor of the 2014 Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce Annual Fireworks Party. Hosted by the Dunes Golf and Tennis Club. The Sanibel & Captiva Communities Enjoyed Delicious Food, Drinks, Entertainment & Awesome Fireworks. Hope to See You There Next Year!

American Flags Were Flying High.
Fireworks Lit Up the Sky.
We Hope That You’ll Join Us Next 4th of July!

Islands Night at Hammond Stadium – June 4, 2014

Sanibel and Captiva Islands Night

Proud sponsor of the 21st Annual Islands Night.

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Islands Night is an opportunity for individuals and businesses alike to come together and promote Sanibel and Captiva Islands. It is a time for us to kick back, relax, and enjoy a baseball game with friends, neighbors, and business partners while giving back to our island communities.

Bailey Memorial College Scholarship

The Sanibel Captiva Optimist Club is pleased to offer six four-year scholarship to 2014 graduating seniors. The newest of those six scholarships is presented in memory of Sam and Francis Bailey, natives, long-time residents and benefactors of Sanibel Island who both had a strong commitment to higher education. The competition for this memorial scholarship is open to 2014 graduating seniors who live, have lived, worked, or whose parents are employed on Sanibel Island.

The other five scholarships are open to all Lee County students.

Applications are available at all Lee County High Schools through each school’s Guidance Counselors. Applications must be postmarked no later than June 12, 2014. Additional information is available by email at [email protected] or from Stan Howard at 472-0836.

Bailey’s Displays Art Bags From Sanibel Captiva Art League

Bailey’s featured cloth art bags created by twenty-seven artists from the Sanibel Captiva Art League. The bags were on display at Bailey’s General Store for three weeks, so that the public and Bailey’s shoppers could bid on their favorite bags. The artwork bags raised $1,076.00 which was then distributed to FISH of Sanibel, a United Way partner agency committed to providing home and service assistance to those Island residents in need.

The artwork raised $1,076 in funds.

The artwork raised $1,076 in funds.

Bags on display at Bailey's.

Bags on display at Bailey’s.

2014 Irish Festival – March 17, 2014

Bailey’s Center 2:00pm – 5:00pmBailey's Irish Festival 2014

Thursday, March 17, marked another momentous occasion — the Bailey’s Center Merchants’ Association’s third annual IrishFest — a free community celebration featuring live entertainment, games, activities, food and, of course, a wee bit’o green beer!

Members of the Kellyn Celtic Arts Irish Dance Academy performing at the 5th annual IrishFest, held at Bailey's Center.

Members of the Kellyn Celtic Arts Irish Dance Academy performing at the 5th annual IrishFest, held at Bailey’s Center.

Vanessa Flynt, Salli Kirkland and Ally Flint

Vanessa Flynt, Salli Kirkland and Ally Flint

George and Wendy Schnapp with Chantil Marineau between them.

George and Wendy Schnapp with Chantil Marineau between them.

Article from “Sanibel & Captiva: A Guide to the Islands”

There’s no Jimmy Buffett music playing at Bailey’s General Store (in Bailey’s Shopping Center, Periwinkle Way at Tarpon Bay Rd.; Sanibel; 472- 7576). It’s way too authentic for that. Founded in 1899 by Frank Bailey, Bailey’s is the heart and soul of the islands. From the street it looks like a simple combination grocery- and-hardware store.But Bailey’s history as a true general store has made it a catch-all for whatever islanders need. Here they’ll change your watch battery, propane tank or fishing line, ship your fruit, or repair your vacuum cleaner. They ship UPS packages now, too, and develop film. Don’t miss the to-die-for home-made fudge The bakery has excellent key lime pie (it should -the Baileys used to farm key limes). The hardware side of the store sells fishing supplies, live bait (shrimp), fishing licenses and a few appliances, toys and gifts.

Every Sanibellian seems to have different reasons to love Bailey’s. Ours: they have handles on their paper bags, and they give kids free cookies. Bailey’s charm is most visible during Baileyfest, the free-food carnival it throws for islanders each fall, and during a tropical storm, when it’s one of the few places that stays open.

Reprinted from Sanibel & Captiva A Guide to the Islands
By Julie & Mike Neal